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What percentage of men are left handed?

Question #3132. Asked by Maggie.
Last updated Oct 07 2016.

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Approximately 12% of men are left-handed, and 9% of women are left-handed, according to one of the larger studies on the topic.
Most studies conclude that males are more likely to be left-handed than females, and this appears to apply regardless of the culture or society.

The difference is not huge, though. One major study has pegged male left-handedness at about 11.6% and female 8.6%; others indicate respective percentages of 13% and 11%, 14% and 10%, etc.

A 2008 meta-analysis of 144 other studies found that men are, on average, about 23% more likely to be left-handed than women, which is roughly consistent with these results. The commonly-quoted notion that men are twice as likely to be left-handed than women is demonstrably false and of unknown provenance.


About 11 percent of the American population is left-handed (with slightly more men than women).

Left-handedness is more common among men than women. It is estimated that left-handedness is around 20% more common among men than women.
( Papadatou-Pastou, "Sex differences in left-handedness: a meta-analysis of 144 studies". Psychological Bulletin. 134)


Response last updated by Terry on Oct 07 2016.
Feb 16 2008, 10:18 PM
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